Director - Environmental Planning, Water Market

Various Locations, CA
Full Time
Environmental Sciences, Planning & Sustainability
Senior Manager/Supervisor

Rincon Consultants, Inc. is seeking a Director specializing in the Water Market to lead our growing team in Environmental Sciences, Planning, & Sustainability (EPS). In this role, you will collaborate with local and statewide leadership to oversee and expand existing programs and Rincon's water client base, with an emphasis on our northern California offices.

As a part of Rincon’s senior leadership team, you will be responsible for growing, mentoring, and further developing Rincon’s Water Team, heightening our firm’s visibility in the water market sector, and expanding our client relationships in the environmental services marketplace throughout our northern California geography. This role will involve collaboration with Rincon's multi-disciplinary technical experts, and oversight of a wide variety of project teams, including water resources planning, groundwater sustainability, CEQA/NEPA documentation, climate action/adaptation/resiliency planning, regulatory permitting, environmental investigations, and construction mitigation monitoring. Through the focused and effective leadership of multi-disciplined project teams you will be responsible for ensuring consistency and quality in all phases of project work, from proposal development to reporting. While this role may offer flexible work arrangements that can include a mix of in-office and remote work, our changing business needs will ultimately determine our level of remote-work flexibility. Additionally, to promote in-person collaboration and client teaming, we prioritize hiring those who reside within 50 miles of a Rincon office in Northern California which currently includes: Fresno, Monterey, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Jose.

Overview of Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Technical Expertise

  • Manage and deliver multi-disciplinary products and services for complex water resources management and infrastructure programs, including planning, permitting, CEQA/NEPA and construction compliance efforts
  • Develop and manage large and strategic client work programs with responsibility as primary point of contact for clients
  • Provide the final review of work products for quality assurance/quality control
  • Attend meetings and hearings pertaining to existing and potential projects, and make public presentations to agency decision-making bodies
  • Perform agency consultations (federal, state, and local) and ensure environmental regulatory compliance
  • Demonstrate confidence in decision-making and be recognized by clients and peers as having expertise in water resource management and related technical areas
Business Development and Operations Management
  • Act as client manager for select clients in the water resources industry
  • Perform various business development functions, focused on leading proposal preparation, attendance at interviews and leading company outreach, marketing, networking, and business development efforts related to the Water Market
  • Contribute to development of the annual Business Plan and five-year Strategic Plan for the Water Market sector and assist with its implementation
  • Support company risk management program and oversee quality assurance and quality control procedures
  • Support financial, project management, backlog, and utilization reporting requirements
Talent Advancement
  • Recruit/hire staff and direct project staffing assignments to meet client, contract, and company business objectives
  • Supervise and direct staff to ensure optimal productivity, positive motivation, training, and employee recognition
  • Mentor mid-level staff in developing as better consultants, including development of leadership, client, and project management skills

This Job Might Be For You If You Have The Following:
  • Minimum of 15 years' experience in project, program or Client management in potable water/wastewater/recycled water infrastructure and supply management project work
  • Significant experience with developing new business pursuits and a solid client base in Northern California
  • Familiarity with planning and detailed studies in water supply, recycled water, wastewater, groundwater, water quality, modeling, asset management, and Sustainable Groundwater Management Act studies and implementation
  • Actively involved in market sector and environmental industry organizations statewide
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills, a proven talent at business development
  • Strong team building and management skills
  • Client service management skills and proposal preparation experience
  • Working knowledge of project management systems, project scheduling, scoping, budgeting, cost analyses, resource analyses, and reporting
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, and to manage multiple projects, deadlines, priorities, and teams
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Teams, Outlook, and PowerPoint)

Rincon Consultants, Inc. is an award-winning leader in providing quality environmental consulting services throughout California and is recognized as a ‘Best Environmental Services Firm to Work For’ by the Zweig Group. We partner with clients in sectors such as transportation, energy and infrastructure, sustainability, climate change, oil and gas, water, commercial, private development, and government. Our 400+ associates in 13 offices located in Northern, Central and Southern California are dedicated professionals who combine their passion with our purpose.

The base salary range for this full-time position is $140,000-$175,000, plus benefits and bonus. At Rincon, our salary ranges are based on market median of similar jobs, according to third party salary benchmark surveys. The base pay that is actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

We are proud to offer a comprehensive Total Rewards Package, providing our valued employees with many benefits to enhance their well-being and financial security. Our health benefits include a range of options such as HMO, PPO, HDHP, and Health Savings Account choices, ensuring you have the flexibility to select the plan that best suits your needs. 

Additionally, you can enjoy peace of mind with employer-paid life and long-term disability insurance, as well as dental, vision, and prescription drug coverage. We prioritize your well-being by offering three weeks of vacation accrual in the first year, paid sick leave, and paid holidays, ensuring you have ample time off to rejuvenate. Planning for your future is made easier through our 401(k) / Profit Sharing Retirement Plan and bonus opportunities. 

Beyond the essentials, Rincon recognizes the importance of personal and professional growth, that's why we provide opportunities for professional development and mentoring. Our commitment extends to the community through Volunteer Pay for a Day, reinforcing the values of social responsibility. Moreover, we go the extra mile with additional perks like Flexible Spending & Dependent Care, Supplemental life insurance, Legal Shield, Identity Protection, Pet Insurance, and much more. Check out more details on our Rincon Consultants webpage here


Rincon Consultants, Inc does not accept unsolicited applicant/candidate resumes from search firm recruiters and/or temporary agencies that do not have a signed contract and specified work order with Rincon Consultants. Further, such resumes received will be deemed the sole property of Rincon Consultants and no fees will be paid in the event Rincon Consultants subsequently hires such individual. Rincon Consultants is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.


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